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The Riffhard Podcast, hosted by John Browne and Eyal Levi goes in-depth with the best guitarists in metal. These are the conversations you always wished you could hear with your guitar heroes.

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The Riffhard Podcast, hosted by John Browne and Eyal Levi goes in-depth with the best guitarists in metal. These are the conversations you always wished you could hear with your guitar heroes.

    Mark Holcomb, Misha Mansoor, and Jake Bowen

    Mark Holcomb, Misha Mansoor, and Jake Bowen

    Mark Holcomb, Misha Mansoor, and Jake Bowen are guitarists in Periphery.

    1:33 - Working on new music and the impact of COVID

    12:10 - What makes the band avoid a specific tour market

    21:00 - The role that Periphery’s manager plays

    46:24 - How the band focuses on the music

    1:06:20 - Figuring out how to turn high risk into success

    1:25:24 - Deciding who plays what, especially in the studio

    1:39:49 - The band’s latest writing session

    1:57:41 - Periphery gets priority when writing

    2:11:11 - Does Mark use a metronome?

    2:22:57 - What an average day is like for the guys

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    • 2 hrs 45 min
    Jack Gardiner

    Jack Gardiner

    Jack Gardiner is a guitarist with a very active and growing YouTube channel who also plays for Stu Hamm and China Crisis in addition to working on a solo project.

    1:46 - Jack’s MasterClass and visualization

    12:32 - 3 note per string scales can hold some people back

    30:06 - Play with people who are better than you

    49:53 - The typical trajectory in music

    1:05:25 - Developing your own voice

    1:17:51 - Plagiarism in music

    1:43:43 - Vanity metrics exist to make you feel good

    Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard.

    • 1 hr 55 min
    Matt Halpern

    Matt Halpern

    Matt Halpern is the drummer in Periphery and the co-owner of GetGoodDrums.

    1:47 - Matt, Browne, and Eyal’s tour adventures

    22:28 - Band chemistry and communication are crucial

    40:40 - Deprivation work and putting other people first

    49:31 - How drummers communicate with guitarists

    1:14:20 - Can you develop pocket and rhythm?

    1:23:37 - The relationship between the kick and riffs

    1:29:18 - Choosing cymbals for a specific part

    Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard.

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Chris Kelly

    Chris Kelly

    Chris Kelly is the guitarist in Alustrium and was the lead guitarist (Darth Vader) in Galactic Empire.

    2:14 - The most annoying interview questions

    18:06 - Spending too long on songs

    35:54 - Confidence is required as a musician

    51:32 - Handling the extra time during COVID

    1:13:50 - Metal was more violent in the 90s

    1:24:12 - Terrible tour bus stories

    1:37:50 - Working on rhythm guitar playing

    1:47:45 - Getting a better technique down

    2:07:29 - Everyone goes back to the basics

    Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard.

    • 2 hrs 13 min
    Josh Middleton

    Josh Middleton

    Josh Middleton is a guitarist in Architects and has his own band, Sylosis.

    4:18 - Time management during COVID

    15:06 - How engineering comes into play for Josh

    32:15 - Finding time to practice guitar

    44:04 - Recording yourself is a great tool

    59:49 - You can’t judge gear based on spec sheets

    1:05:02 - Knowing when a song is good enough

    1:16:47 - What’s the job of a producer?

    1:24:55 - Architects’ guitar tone

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Mark Vollelunga

    Mark Vollelunga

    Mark Vollelunga is the guitarist for Nothing More.

    3:53 - Vegetable oil vans

    11:55 - Standing out as a band without it feeling contrived

    21:44 - Fighting for an idea that is right

    42:06 - Some of Mark’s biggest failures

    52:01 - The sex, drugs, and rock n roll lifestyle is not the whole story

    1:07:41 - Mark’s musical priorities

    1:32:19 - Christian rock and metal bands

    1:47:31 - Being a musician and entrepreneur

    • 2 hrs 14 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Jamieoldfield ,

Helped get me through lockdown!

I’ve listened to this podcast at least once a day for the last month. I never really listen to podcasts until getting into riffhard, downbeat and URM amazing. If you’re into music production, metal music or just love podcasts. You’ll love it!

JDC Music ,

The Podcast to save lockdown.

Been listening to this since day one, I genuinely enjoy the topics discussed and the quality production. The guests that come on are high caliber and always bring a different taste to each episode. So excited to see how far this goes for you guys!

jonnyprime ,

Noice!

This is an iTunes podcast review so your gonna especially like it. The two main protagonists compliment each other really well Browne’s nerdy knowledge and Levi’s had that T-shirt experience. Good guests and entertaining intelligent conversation make for a worthwhile listen.if I had to make a criticism I think the intro is a little clunky with John reciting insta accounts and I would like a little more gear talk with guests.

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